What caused the tension between Man United and Roy Keane?| SolSportHQ
Roy Keane made a surprise return to his former club on Tuesday when he helped promote their new third kit.
The appearance marks the first time he has worked with Manchester United in 18 years after his departure for Celtic back in 2005.
He initially arrived in Manchester after being signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 1993 for a then record fee of £3.75m.
While at the club he helped them to seven league titles, four FA Cups, and most famously led his side to the treble during the 1998-99 season.
However, Keane’s time at the club came to an end after he slammed teammates during an appearance on MUTV and in a phone interview admitted he would be ‘prepared to play elsewhere’.
How did he sign for Manchester United?
Roy Keane’s arrival at Manchester United came about in a somewhat fortuitous for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Following Nottingham Forest’s relegation at the conclusion of the 1992/93 league season, a £4m deal was initially agreed with Blackburn Rovers.
However, when Kenny Dalglish did not have the correct paperwork to complete the deal, Manchester United pounced.
Ferguson made a swift phone call to Keane asking if wanted a move to Manchester instead and with the right paperwork a £3.75m deal was agreed.
During his time with Manchester United, the Republic of Ireland international would cement his place as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history.
He was named club captain at the start of the 1997 season and would go on to become of the one the most legendary captains for Manchester United.
Making 480 appearances for Manchester United he would score 51 goals, claim seven league titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League title.
What caused Keane’s departure?
As his time with Manchester United wound to a close, Keane’s relationship with the manager would sour.
The pair initially fell out during a pre-season training camp in Portugal over the quality of a villa offered to Keane who arrived with his family.
It would go from bad to worse during an MUTV interview Roy Keane conducted during which he would label teammate Kieran Richardson a ‘lazy defender’ before taking at aim at Darren Fletcher, Edwin van der Sar and Rio Ferdinand.
He left by mutual consent for Celtic in December 2005 and retired at the end of the season.
Since moving into punditry, Keane has been hypercritical of his former club often criticising the players and owners alike.